The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund is accepting donations for relief efforts in Oklahoma, following the tornado that devastated Moore, a suburb south of Oklahoma City, earlier this week.
PWRDF is directing donations from Canadians to its U.S. counterpart, Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD), which is responding to the disaster.
In a May 22 statement from ERD, the Rev. Canon José A. McLoughlin, Canon to the Ordinary for the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, said that : “It is clear that we will need some funding to provide assistance for food, groceries, clothing, etc., in addition to temporary housing. With each passing hour, more and more need is becoming evident.”
At least 24 people were killed in the tornado, including nine children, and more than 230 people were injured. Moore lost two schools and a hospital, and damages have been estimated at $1 billion.
In an interview with Episcopal News Service, McLoughlin said that the diocese is ‘still very much in assessment and short-term recovery response mode.’ Diocesan staff are cataloging needs and offers of help in order to organize recovery work beyond the immediate phase.
ERP says its emergency funding “assists dioceses and congregations in reaching out to the most vulnerable members of their communities, supplying food, clothing, temporary housing, pastoral care, case management and support for unmet long-term needs.”
To donate to this relief effort:
You can designate your online donation for “Oklahoma Tornado Relief” in the notes and instructions for PWRDF box.
For credit card donations, contact:
416-924-9192 ext. 355; 1-866-308-7973
Please do not send your credit card number by email or fax.
Please make cheques payable to “PWRDF,” mark them for “Oklahoma Tornado Relief” and send them to:
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
The Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 3G2